Property of the Seagram Collection
Christie's is honored to be offering selections from the Seagram corporate collection in a series of sales this year. The famed Seagram building by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson on Park Avenue in New York City is a work of art in itself and is widely regarded as the finest post-war skyscrper. Phylis Lambert, daughter of the Seagram founder, Samuel Bronfman, was instrumental in securing these architects for the project and initiating the company's art collection in 1957. Interspersed throughout this collection are iconic works by Modern European and Post-War American artist, acquired over fourty years by Lambert with major New York curators for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.
The collection contained important works of art shown in public areas that became instantly recognizable associations with the landmark building. Several tapestries on the preceeding pages (lots 564 and 565) were seen in the Four Seasons Restaurant which added to the modernist sensibility of the space.